Preventing dental disease is one of the primary focuses of pediatric dentistry. Catching tooth decay when it is small, will make treatment short and simple for your child. Instead of a large filling sometimes a preventive resin restoration, (PRR), can be performed, which usually does not require numbing your child because of its small size.
Many people believe that treating tooth decay in young children is unnecessary because all of their teeth are going to fall out. It is true that children lose their primary teeth but by the time that they are six years old there will be a few permanent teeth present as well.
The mixed dentition phase of a child’s life can range from age four and a half to as late as fourteen,( in some children ). During this stage children will have both primary, ( baby ), teeth and permanent teeth, and the decay from the primary teeth can be transfered to the permanent teeth.
Neglecting decay in the primary teeth can have serious consequences. Sometimes a prescription for a special toothpaste can halt the decay process, while in other cases a filling or even a pulp treatment, or an extraction may be required.
When a child loses his tooth prematurely there is potential for space loss. Losing space means that there may not be sufficient room for his permanent teeth to erupt into the proper position. This can increase his chances of needing a space regaining appliance,and braces, as well as increase the length of time for his treatment in both cases. Do not neglect tooth decay in his primary teeth, keep your child healthy and happy.